Four hundred Romanian coal miners refused to go underground today demanding a 10 per cent pay rise.
The miners rallied in Petrosani to press the state-owned firm to cough up the rise, which they said has been due to them since the beginning of the year.
Massing outside the National Coal Company's offices in the town, the miners chanted: "Thieves," "liars," and "resign."
Union leader Tiberiu Cozma said: "I have not entered the mine because our rights are not being respected."
At the start of the year former economics minister Ion Ariton signed a deal giving the miners a 10 per cent pay rise, but the workers say they have not received the increase.
On February 1, miners refused to descend underground and those who were on the night shift refused to come out, to press him for the rise.
Subsequently over 1,500 miners from seven mines in the Jiu Valley kicked off a spontaneous strike.
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